Unconventional Ways to Say Thanks in 2017

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in ComLead, Managing Not-For-Profit Organizations

As we all know Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. Traditionally you can say thank you with a simple card or phone call to let someone know that you appreciate them. Times are a little different now though and mailing letters is considered old school, so here are some unconventional ways to say thank you in 2017.

  • Are you an online shopper? Set up a gratitude box on your porch (or wherever they tend to drop off your packages) for your local delivery man. Stock it with bottled waters, granola bars, a hat, whatever you wish. You don’t have to spend a fortune and the people running all over to drop off your last-minute buys will really appreciate it.
  • Going off of that, leave reviews on purchases! Online shoppers love to read reviews before they make a purchase and your input can really help a fellow shopper make the right decision.
  • Donate to a charity. This isn’t unconventional of course but in this day it is so much easier to research authentic charitable drives and find the ones that you would like to support. Then simply send your donation online in a matter of seconds.
  • Remember when we used to give gifts to our bus drivers as kids? Maybe toss in a little extra for your next Uber driver this Holiday season, especially if the weather is rough.
  • Did you have a particular professor who inspired you to get to where you are today? Take a couple of moments to send them a “thinking of you” email. Let them know how you are, where you are in life, and how much they may have impacted your course. It is the reason they do it after all.
  • Stack your dishes the next time you eat out for dinner. It makes the cleanup job a lot quicker and easier for your server and they really do appreciate it. And if they are working Thanksgiving morning or Black Friday then toss in a little extra for their sacrifice.
  • RECYCLE!! No one says that Thanksgiving has to be all about people right? Take care of the planet we are living on and more generations will get to do the same in turn. Use a reusable water bottle, avoid plastic straws, keep a recycling bin handy in your home, return your bottles and cans, etc. Show Mother Earth some gratitude this season.
  • Practice Self Care. You can’t show appreciation to other people if you fail to do it to yourself, can you? Take a bath, take a nap, treat yourself to a slice of pie or a new sweater, stretch, meditate, color, do anything that makes you feel good and your body will thank you.  

The list can go on and on, but here are just a few simple ideas to say thanks and show gratitude for the things in your life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Devon Bradley, M.S. Communication & Leadership ’19

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